There are plenty of people who love their daily cup of coffee but now find they can’t handle that kick from the dose of caffeine.
Whether it is for health reasons or you just prefer not to be jittery throughout the day, a blend of decaf coffee can provide you with that same morning taste and aroma without the kick.
And K-cup coffee machines make the job super simple. So if you’re looking for the best k-cup decaf to brew, you’re in the right place! Here are some of our favorite K-cup decaf blends.
This is hands down your best choice for premium decaf coffee. SF Bay created a decaf option for their popular French Roast. This is a 100 percent Arabica dark roast with notes of chocolate and cinnamon. Unlike some brands, SF Bay’s coffee is ground and freshly packaged when ordered. Each cup is commercially compostable as well.
The Original Donut Shop has made a wonderful decaf version of their coffee. It is a medium roast that is perfect for early morning wake-ups. The flavor is rich and bold, without a trace of overwhelming bitterness. It’s an Arabica blend perfectly paired with its donut partner. This great coffee is stored in Keurig brand K-cups.
Newman’s Own has a perfect decaf cup. This coffee is a medium roast. It has a rich, robust flavor from the central American grown coffee beans. The beans are decaffeinated through a water process. Newman’s is USDA certified organic, fair trade, and in Keurig brand K-cups.
It comes at a great value for good coffee.
This is the best option if you want a bit of variety in your morning routine. Maud’s variety pack has a few different blends that are roasted at different levels, from light to dark. The coffee beans are 100 percent Arabica grown all over the world and then roasted in California.
Starbucks is one of the first brands people think when you mention coffee and for a good reason. Their Decaf House Blend is a medium roast that has a rich, smooth flavor with hints of cocoa and nuts. These K-cup have the Keurig seal of approval. Perfect if you want to enjoy your daily coffee without leaving the house.
Tully’s doesn’t shy away from strong coffee even with their decaf blend. This dark roast coffee is decaffeinated using a direct process in Seattle, Washington. Their cups have more coffee in each than a normal k-cup. The flavor is strong and bold, with a hint of smokiness in the aftertaste. If you love a strong cup of coffee, then this is the one for you.
Intelligent Blends Dark roast Decaf is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a dark roast made of 100 percent Arabica coffee beans grown in South America. They are roasted, ground, and packed fresh in San Diego, California. The cups are 100 percent recyclable as well to help make our environment a little cleaner.
Maxwell House has made themselves a huge name is coffee. Their jump to single-serve sacrificed nothing in quality and flavor. Each cup of medium roast decaf coffee still has that classic taste. They use Keurig brand K-cups to ensure their 100 percent Arabica coffee stays fresh. The great value of this coffee makes it a staple in any kitchen or office.
Green Mountain Coffee roasters decaf is a fresh and flavorful coffee that anyone can enjoy. It’s a light roast that allows the flavors of the Arabica coffee beans to really come through in each cup. It has a sweet flavor with nutty hints and a smooth finish. They maintain a focus on a vibrant and tasty decaffeinated cup of coffee.
Last but certainly not least is Eight O’clock Coffee’s decaf blend. This is a wonderful medium roast coffee that has a surprisingly sweet taste with hints of fruit. It’s packaged in Keurig brand K-cups with a perfect amount of coffee grounds in each one. It’s just up to you whether you want this coffee at eight in the morning or eight at night.
If you are a die-hard coffee drinker, decaf has probably never crossed your mind. It’s hard to imagine coffee without the caffeine kick that so many of us are used to. There are quite a few studies linking decaf coffee to some surprising health benefits. There are studies that suggest decaf can reduce your risk of certain types of cancer.
People who drink decaf have been shown to have less risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes as well, which will reduce the chance of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Lower risk of inflammation and depression is also a researched benefit of decaf coffee.
When it comes to single-serve coffee cups, the terminology can get confusing. Most people know them as K-cup made popular by the Keurig line of single-serve coffee machines. The terms Keurig and K-cup are trademarked by Green Mountain Inc and cant be used by any other company.
Other companies can still make single-serve coffee in similar containers to the K-cups, though. They usually get around the legal stuff by listing it as “k-cup compatible.” These cups are designed to work the same way as the Keurig cups and with work just fine in those coffee machines.
SO you just got home with your new coffee maker and a box of your favorite coffee in single serves. You go to put the coffee in the machine, and you realize it doesn’t fit. You bought pods when you needed K-cups. Don’t be discouraged because it can be confusing at first.
A Pod or coffee pad stores coffee or tea in a soft filter paper. It’s flat, round and pliable. They can be individually sealed, or multiple sold in a box. With pods, you get more of an aroma while your coffee is brewing. It also allows more water to contact the surface of the coffee.
A K-cup is usually a plastic cylinder that has the coffee sealed inside. The inside has a filter that holds the coffee. When you place these in your compatible coffee machine, it punctures the top and the bottom to allow the water to flow through. These are great when you don’t want to brew a whole pot of coffee. They can be more expensive than the pods due to manufacturing.
Most people love the taste of K-cups once they find the one for them, but even average cups can be good with a little improvement. The first tip is to keep your machine clean and heat it up with an empty run of water first if you can. Another tip is to use a pinch of salt. It seems silly but, K-cups can be pretty bitter, and just a little salt will smooth the acidity and know that bitter taste away.
Another big way to tune K-cups to your specific taste is to buy a reusable cup and use your favorite coffee blend. This requires a little extra work, but is definitely worth it if you are picky about your coffee.
If you somehow find yourself with a bunch of K-cups and no machine to use them in, don’t worry. All hope is not lost for that delicious coffee. There are two ways to make coffee from k-cups without using a machine; pour over or tea bags.
The pour-over technique is a good way to make great coffee, but it requires a bit of work and can get messy if you are not careful. Open up the top of your K-cup and pour the coffee grounds into an empty coffee mug. After it is empty, carefully cut the bottom of the empty K-cup away without damaging the filter on the inside. Pour hot water into the coffee mug with your coffee grounds and let it sit for a few minutes to steep.
Here comes the messy part. Pour the coffee through the K-cup that you have rigged and into a new coffee mug. The K-cup will catch all the loose coffee grounds, and you will be left with a nice cup of coffee. No machine needed.
The tea bag technique is the second way to use these single-serve cups without a machine. Unlike the previous technique, this is mess-free, but it requires a coffee filter. Open up your K-cups and pour the coffee grounds into the coffee filter. Bunch the filter up at the top and twist it shut until it is tight. You want it tight but not enough to compact the grounds.
Tie a small string to the coffee filter and place it in a cup of hot water. Now you just have to let it steep for 4-5 mins. The longer you wait, the stronger your cup of coffee will be.